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Source: Shabelle

An intense conflict broke out between joint African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and Somali National Army soldiers against fighters of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Seydhalow and Labatan-jirow, approximately 30km from Baidoa.

The battle was provoked by the terrorist insurgents when they launched an attack on a co-allied AMISOM and SNA military base in both towns near the provincial capital of the Bay region.

The Bardaale district commissioner of the Bay Regional Administration reported to Shabelle that the Al-Shabaab launched the initial attack but that the pro-government troops repelled the cowardly attack.

The precise numbers of casualties caused in the physical confrontations between the Somali National Army and Ethiopian contingent of AMISOM against the insurgents, have not been specified yet.

Ultimately, Seydhalow and Labatan-jirow were seized by the government forces from Al-Shabaab yesterday. Both towns which are roughly around 30km from Baidoa add to the string of towns liberated from the terrorist organization.

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